In search of artistic Sedona, Arizona: A walking tour of Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art

This is the first in a series of infrequent articles highlighting the art community of Sedona, Arizona.

It doesn’t take long to figure out that fine art is not in short supply in Sedona. As you drive through the city’s main thoroughfare on State Route 89A, it becomes quite evident that there is a profound respect not only for nature’s creations but also for those that are meticulously crafted by the hands of men.

One of the first things that you notice, besides the beautiful red rock formations (of course), is the inordinate number of art pieces sitting in full view for everyone’s enjoyment on the city’s street corners and side streets. Usually, these pieces can be found right outside either one of Sedona’s massive number of art galleries.

It’s the perfect blend of aesthetics that makes the city that much more wondrous if that’s even possible.  Yet, somehow it is.  The city boasts at least 50 fantastic galleries which house an amazing array of sculptures, paintings and southwestern artifacts.

I decided to take a walk outside of my hotel room to pay a visit to an art gallery that was literally steps away on the right.   Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art was more like a 3 dimensional fantasy where every thing that you loved about art was staring back at you in living color. I was literally on sensory overload.  There were so many things vying for my attention that I had to stand still for a moment and get it together.  It was overwhelming and dramatic and uplifting.

I spent a good two hours taking in every shape, color and meaning that this showcase offered its visitor. There was ample seating for those who wanted to sit and ponder on the rather high price tags that went upward in the million dollar range.  There were sculptures made out of various media, glass art that shone like the morning sunrise, intricate jewelry that honored indigenous cultures, Oil Paintings that told stories of the old Southwest that you couldn’t wait to listen to. This is just a small sampling what I got to experience.

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Sunriser 2 by Sculptor Bobbie Carlyle is a study in dramatic poise.

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All  three of these Wind sculptures are by the artist Mark White.  On the left is Flame 3 Blade, the center one is the only one of his sculptures I couldn’t identify and the one on the right is called Wind Ripples.

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The winding pathway of the outdoor courtyard of Exposures. It looked like a festive cantina.

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“Forever”, a romantic ode to Roman mythology and sensuality by Daniel Newman.

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Another piece by Bobbie Carlyle titled very appropriately, “Self Made Man”. And like all of us, he is still a work in progress.

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The bronze work by Marianne Caroselli was usually of gleeful children at play like this one of a boy and girl watering the family garden.

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My favorite sculpture was “Windsong” by Susanne Vertel. I love the fluid, yet graceful lines that emanated from the bronze piece.

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Orb Verdigris Patina, one of Mark White’s Wind Sculptures

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A bronze work by Marianne Caroselli with two children bathing the family pet.

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This majestic, expansive eagle was created by Bronze sculpture artist, Chester Fields and is entitled “Splashdown”.

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This solemn figure wedged between the two wind sculptures is Susanne Vertel’s “Wish Upon An Angel”.

Are you as intrigued with the beauty of art as I am?   Do you make it a habit to visit galleries whether you are at home or on vacation like I do?   What are your recommendations for the ones that should be on everyone’s list?

 

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